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A 41-year-old female asked:

Read that frequent rubbing or massaging legs and feet can cause release of human growth hormone and added growth in all ages. any truth to the claims?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
Pediatrics 22 years experience
No...: There has never been a published medical report that I have seen that demonstrates that massaging the legs has any effect of height - the growth plates close in the teen years and maximum height is achieved then. Frequent massages may make you feel better so you stand up more straight... giving the perception of being taller
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Myth, at any age: And after the growth centers close (after puberty) nothing, including real injected growth hormone makes you grow taller.
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Last updated Oct 30, 2017

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